About Me


My name is Claire Kaniewski and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My private practice location is in Long Beach, California, with close freeway accessibility. 

As an intern I worked in a school setting as a school-based therapist for a non-profit agency in Long Beach, CA for two years.  There I worked with a diverse population for children and adolescents of all ethnicities. Much of my work included meeting the clients in their school setting, as well as providing family therapy for the client and their parents, either at the school or in their home. I worked extensively with the children/teens and their parents on a variety of issues: 


*Crisis intervention                *ADHD                     
*Suicidal ideation                   *Self-esteem issues  *Self-Harm/Cutting                *Bullying                      *Severe depression               *Oppositional Defiance *Trauma                                  *Anxiety
                                                                     
Working with adolescents in the community has given me invaluable experience that I believe I carry with me in my private practice today. Providing children with a space where they feel validated and heard is crucial to their development and success in life. 

Prior to working with children, I worked for The LGBTQ Center OC providing therapy for individual adults and couples. Much of the population I served at The Center identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. We worked closely on issues such as:

*Identity and the coming out process 
*Relationship difficulties
*Depression 
*Anxiety
*Trauma 
*Surviving childhood sexual abuse

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy with Thuy Nguyen, Ph.D., CSUF
Systems of Family Counseling with Olga Mejia, Ph.D., CSUF
Group Process and Practice with Rebekah Smart, PhD., CSUF

Claire Kaniewski, LMFT

Education

​​Masters of Science in Counseling: Marriage & Family Therapy
California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
California State University, Fullerton

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
-Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OC-CAMFT)

-Psi Chi: The International Honors Society in Psychology